Hello readers, yes it’s a blue moon and time to take some time even though there is no time to post here. I see this as almost a more detailed journal that is public. It’s nice every once and a while to think about where I am in this career of mine and look back.
So where to start…when I last posted I was halfway finished with my coursework. I finished my last course in January 2017, had the Qualifying Exam in early May and after passing that settled into the dissertation proposal writing phase. I explain it so matter-of-factly as if it was a stroll in the park. I was not, to say the least.
Two things impacted me the most. One was not seeing my cohort buddies every week. I felt like I bonded with them, and I enjoyed the lectures, the discussions, the sharing. Then it was just over. In its wake was a gap in my life that was hard to fill.
The second was the Qualifying Exam. This was an open book test, where we had to write several essays and solve some statistical problems. I took a week over Golden Week to finish. I was writing and thinking at my computer the whole time. The closest I can compare this experience is a zen retreat. When you are in such a situation the schedule runs you, not the other way around. I’ve had my share of zen and believe me when you finish one of these retreats, you are done!
But you come out of that experience transformed. I think the intensity of the Temple program sharpens you up. You become like a tiger running in the jungle, shreading and ingesting journal articles with ease. Finding the strengths and weaknesses of a study, evaluating its methods and results. All those murky things about social science become plain to see.
Now the coursework is finished. It is time to stop being a student. I have to struggle with writing my proposal, working one on one with my advisors, and prepare my defense hopefully by next year, assuming life doesn’t get in the way. But it does and it will happen. It’s already happening to me now. But that is not going to stop me. No matter what….just keep going, tiger.
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Yoshida Kensaku is a very thought provoking, engaging researcher. Speaking from my own experience, after every lecture I have seen by him, I have a deeper understanding of English education in Japan. If you have a chance to hear him speak on March 21st by all means please attend. To register either fax the pdf or register at the Academia’s main site. http://www.pref.kanagawa.jp/cnt/f7807/
First I want to thank Steve Cornwell and all of the staff, guest speakers, and all the wonderful people I met at the Osaka ACLL/ACTC 2014! I look forward to next years event and I strongly recommend this conference in order to get a broader view of languge teaching practice and research across Asia!
Regarding my presentation, if you would like references to the literature I mentioned please click here.
Also since there has been a lot of interest in what we do with our writing program… here is the pdf of my powerpoint. Enjoy!
In addition, there will be a video coming up soon on how to make an example-driven style of feedback for writing, so please stay tuned….
This is great adivce to the language teacher! I certainly agree with everything here but I am a little weary of giving stickers unless it is given sparingly. My answer to the forth point is to tell jokes in class if you are the teacher, particulary jokes that involve both L1 and L2 words. It could help students remember certian vocabulary if it is presented in a pun. But don’t overdo it though. My colleauges can attest to this!
Zarina Subhan, an experienced teacher and teacher trainer, tackles the second of our Solutions Speaking Challenges: “My students say the absolute minimum”.
I find myself in the classroom in an unfamiliar position. It’s not the fact that I’ve given up teaching that makes this a new experience for me. It is the fact that I’m a student again. I’m learning Spanish and am sitting behind the desk, no longer the decision-maker who tells the learners what to do, but the student awaiting instructions and wondering if I understood them.
I’m rediscovering how uncertain, vulnerable and anxious it can feel to be a language student. Most of the reading, writing, listening, speaking and (most importantly) thinking in the target language (TL) happens in the classroom. I know I am there to improve my language; my motivation as an adult learner is high, yet I have to admit I could speak…
Just wanted to add that coming up this month I and my colleauges of the English teacher training division for the Kanagawa Institute of Language and Culture Studies (神奈川県国際言語文化アカデミアの外国語にかかる教員研修事業. will be giving a forum on our Advanced Leader Teacher program at this coming JALT conference at the Kobe Convention Center, Portopia, Kobe, Hyogo, Japan October 25th – 28th, 2013
The title of the presentation: A Voyage of Reflective Teaching
The Advanced program gathers 20 English teachers who teach in high schools in Kanagawa, supporting them in action research and professional development in order to create “leader teachers” who will be the hub of change and professional development in their schools.
This program has entered its third year and we will present the changes we have noticed in our participants and the process in promoting that change.
Our presentation will be on Monday October 28th, 10:10-11:40 in room 407 at the convention.
I think if there was ever a more influential book out there for teaching EFL in Asia this text written by David Paul is the one. It is my personal favorite.
In the early days of my teaching career when I was fresh and in need of some guidance, this book lead the way for me especially when I had to teach younger children. The best part about it is the philosophy: child-centered learning over teacher-centered learning. Is the ideal teaching situation one where the students are told what to learn or is it discovered on their own in the right conditions? How do we deliver content and at the same time encourage our students to “discover” English and not be too dependent on the teacher at the same time?
This text, along with others, will be based on a workshop I will teach at the Kanagawa Institute of Language and Culture in the Summer of 2014. One will focus on the elementary school context. I hope I can shed light on some of these questions in my workshop. The focus will also be on how to conduct cooperative language learning as well.
If you click the link you can find a copy but strangely the Japanese translation of this text is out of print, which makes me wonder how it was received in Japan.